Monitor the weather conditions in your local area, the ideal temperature to receive your caterpillars is above 55 and below 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
Try to have your caterpillars sent to an indoor mailbox, where temperatures are controlled, rather than to an outdoor mailbox, where temperatures can be extreme.
Do not leave your Cup of Caterpillars unattended in a mailbox.
Be aware if your package’s destination has been sprayed for insects.
Do not expose your caterpillars to dramatic changes in temperature.
If temperatures vary greatly from daytime to nighttime, place a towel over the Cup of Caterpillars in the evening.
Do not place your Cup of Caterpillars in a window or in direct sunlight.
Be sure to remove all silk and frass from the chrysalides before transferring them to the butterfly habitat. If this step is ignored, the butterfly may become entangled in the silk upon emergence, resulting in deformed wings and death.
Your best ordering option would be the Shipped with Live with a future ship date. On the product page, select "Shipped with Live NOW". When you reach checkout, choose the date you would like to have your product shipped up to one year in advance. This option is ideal for teachers with class projects.
No. Removing the lid could introduce bacteria and mold into the caterpillar environment. Oils and salts from your hands could harm your caterpillars. Do not open the cup until your chrysalides have formed and it is time to move them to your butterfly habitat.
Release your ladybugs within one week of emerging from their pupal stage. If you want to encourage them to remain in your garden, the best time to release them is in the evening after sundown or in the morning before sunup. If it is winter, keep your ladybugs in their habitat during their entire life span.